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Earth Day is a personal celebration

Today is Earth Day, a 44-year-old celebration of the globe of life we share with humanity and the larger life community it sustains. As we have for two generations, we will celebrate in our schools, in our communities, in our

Posted in Letters from the West

Labrador prepares to run for re-election, calls out Boise crony capitalists

Idaho Republican Rep. Raúl Labrador is kicking off his campaign to hold on to his District 1 Congressional seat this week even though he has no serious competition in the primary. He’s holding several campaign kickoff events and then heading

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Idaho Lands auctions oil and natural gas leases, attracts peaceful protesters

Protesters joined natural gas exploration company executives at an auction Thursday of oil and gas leases at the Idaho Department of Lands office in Boise. Two companies – Trendwell West, a Michigan firm with a well already drilled in Canyon

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Even Idaho militia leader can’t justify armed march on Nevada

How you view Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy’s standoff with the Bureau of Land Management depends a lot on your politics. For most people with a basic understanding of how grazing is managed on public land the issue is simple. Bundy

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Idaho ranching and conservation giant Purdy dies at 96

Leonard “Bud” Purdy, one of Idaho’s most beloved and respected ranchers and conservationists died Monday at his home on Silver Creek in Picabo. Purdy, 96, led the ranching industry into rest and rotation grazing on public lands that both protected

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Idaho Democrats urge Obama to make Boulder-White Clouds a national monument

Four Idaho Democrats joined 228 state legislators from across the nation calling on President Obama to continue to use his authority to protect special places including the Boulder-White Clouds. Senate Minority Leader Michelle Stennett of Ketchum, Assistant Minority Leader Elliot

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Western congressmen call for permanent payments to counties

As Americans are rushing to complete their tax forms before the deadline Tuesday, county officials across Idaho and the nation are waiting to see ho much money they will get from the federal government as payment in lieu of taxes.

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Idaho reports 659 wolves lived in the state at the end of 2013

The Idaho Department of Fish and Game released Friday its 2013 Idaho Wolf Monitoring Progress Report. Its biologists documented 107 wolf packs in Idaho at the end of 2013 – fewer than the 117 documented at the end of 2012,

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Sierra Club’s Waterman tells how he would replace Idaho Power’s coal

The Sierra Club’s Idaho Representative Zack Waterman has been charged by a grizzly bear and offered a seat at the desk of the Vice President by Joe Biden while interning at the White House. In Idaho he’s working on the

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Idaho scientists lay out their data on how our climate has changed

Idaho scientists, engineers and managers rarely get dragged anymore into the debate about climate change. They avoid it when they can. They are too busy analyzing its impacts on our land and water. They all take for granted that the

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